Daily Log 4 June 2011 – Fear is your best friend because it allows you to know yourself more

DAILY LOG 4 JUNE 2011

MUSINGS AND THOUGHTS

I’m feeling quite down lately. To start with I’m suffering from the flu so I haven’t been working out lately (by lately I mean for the last 3 days). The cough and the runny nose just won’t go away. It’s not a complete disaster though. I managed to migrate this blog from the original blogspot to wordpress and all it took was 1 day. There were some stressful moments though when rezaalireactivated.com went offline for a whole day. Then the email wouldn’t work. Thankfully there are some very helpful people out there who guided me through the process.

Speaking of the blog, sometimes I wonder if anybody reads it. I know I can track the number of page views on blogspot as well as wordpress but do people really read it. Someone told me today that my postings were boring and would send people to sleep. She pointed out another blog started by someone else a few months ago who now has a readership of 2000.

So how do I make my blog more interesting so that people won’t fall asleep? I suppose it’s got a lot to do with my writing style or maybe it’s got to do with me? Or maybe both? I have to admit that lately I’ve been tempted to just stop writing. I’m sure the cyber world would scarcely tremble at the thought. Such thoughts are quickly discarded as ultimately, this blog is a record of my thoughts, as bare and naked as I could make it. And if anything were to happen to me, at least my thoughts in this blog will always be around.

Having said that though, I sure would like to have a couple of thousand readers.

Back to the journey.

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My biggest challenge in not physical, it’s psychological. When the mind is full of fear and doubts, the body will follow too


MUSINGS AND THOUGHTS

SWIM

I am getting ready to go Port Dickson to attend tomorrow’s triathlon clinic. Though I am sure there will be many things I can learn from the seasoned triathletes and coaches there, my primary purpose is to get over my doubts about swimming in the open water.

Though my technique has improved there is still a lot that I have to work on. Will I be able to work out all my technical issues before the actual triathlon in July, I don’t know. I will throw in all my efforts and energy into it. One thing for sure, there will be always be something to work on, no matter how proficient my swimming is (and that applies to running and cycling), so I shouldn’t aim to perfect my technique. Come race day, it will become a psychological challenge rather than a physical one.

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Triathlon Clinic at Port Dickson

When I run I sometimes feel like a little kid...

MUSINGS AND THOUGHTS

I’ve registered for the 5 June 2011 Triathlon Clinic organised by Triathlon Malaysia. I don’t have the details of what’s going to happen so I assume there’s going to be some swimming, some biking and some running. I’m looking forward to the swimming and the biking. The triathlon clinic will be held at the same place as the PD International Triathlon.

So far, my swimming has been limited to the swimming pool. No matter how well (or badly) I perform in the pool, I reckon swimming in open water is a totally different experience. During the ATM Triathlon I was overwhelmed by just how far the swimming leg is. That event was an Olympic distance and the swim is 1.5km. The competitors had to swim 2 loops which makes 1 lap roughly 750m long which is the distance I have to swim for my sprint triathlon in PD.

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Reza’s current swimming form has improved but there’s a long way to go…

The triathlon swim workout I have last monday was the toughest workout I’ve ever done. I managed to take some video during the workout and have made a short clip of it. I can immediately see a few things that I need to work on especially my recovery. I am still not finishing the stroke …

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RezaAliReActivated.com now has a new look…..

I made the monumental decision to switch from blogger to wordpress and had started the migration process last night. My old site (rezaalireactivated.blogspot.com) served me very well but it didn’t give me the flexibility I wanted as far as the look and feel is concerned. 184 posts has been imported into the new rezaalireactivated.com and …

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Daily Log 2 June 2011 – What to do when you’re sick and can’t workout

When I run I sometimes feel like a little kid...

DAILY LOG 2 JUNE 2011

MUSINGS AND THOUGHTS

I’m sick.

I have a mild fever, phlegm and a slight cough. I think this has been brewing in me for quite a while. I haven’t allowed myself to slow down with my workouts which probably contributed to me being in the condition I am in.

So today I gave myself the day off and spent quite some time lazing around on my bed. I did get bored so I decided to undertake a project I have been putting off for awhile. When I started this blog I thought I would use the Blogger platform instead of the usual WordPress. It would marvelously for awhile but I began to miss the flexibility of WordPress. After some research I decided to migrate the entire blog from Blogger to WordPress.

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Daily Log 1 June 2011 – Can’t stop training to rest because of paranoia

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DAILY LOG 1 JUNE 2011


MUSINGS AND THOUGHTS

Training is a combination of workouts and rest. Why. Any exercise or workouts is actually a process of damaging the body (particularly the muscles). The more intense a workout is, the more damage it will cause to the body. This may sound scary but the wonderful thing is that once the workout is done, the body immediately begins the process of healing itself and in the process making the body much stronger than before, provided you give the body the time it needs to heal i.e. rest.

This sounds logical and it makes a lot of sense. But sometimes, no amount of logic or common sense can overcome the paranoia of not training and I think I am slowly succumbing to that paranoia. Mondays are supposed to be my rest days but I hardly takes mondays off from working out. Yesterday and today is also a good example.


I have not been feeling well lately and am suffering from the sniffles and have now developed a slight cough. My body is still sore from the monday triathlon swimming workout. These are indicators that I should slow down or even stop completely from working out. The thought did cross my mind to take the day off and just rest but as soon as I think of that, the paranoia of losing 1 day of working out would kick in like it did today. I actually thought and believed that if I take the day off today I would not be ready in time for the PD triathlon.

So I went out for a swim at noon today and finished the day off with interval running. Not really an easy day, in fact it was moderately hard.

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